SATA Drive will not format

January 12, 2005 at 06:22:47
Specs: Win XP Home SP2, P4 3gig/1gig XMS

Hi im having some strange problems with my System or inpaticular the SATA Drive

Originally i purchased a SATA Seagate 160gig, this drive failed to be recognised by my system , infact my system ground to a halt if the drive was connected.

I sent the drive off to seagate who have recently sent me a 200Gig replacement.

the new drive is picked up in Bios and Windows (XP home). i can partition it without incident but it will not format.

Ive tried various different methods to format this drive and am getting to a point where i dont know what to try next, ive followed manufacturers instructions to the letter, but they dont mention anything about what to do if the drive fails to format.

While formating through windows, i get an error saying that the format failed and that if the drive is a SCSI drive then i should check its terminated properly
If i format through Partition Magic the system locks up at 83%, needing a reboot.

any1 had a similar problem or know of a workaround for this?

Thanx in advance
Dave Townley

P4 3gig 800mhz FSB
1Gig Matched XMS
G-Force FX5900
DFI Infinity 865 Motherboard


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#1
January 12, 2005 at 07:00:07

I have heard various statement about SATA drivers. I am pretty sure that if you are attempting to install an OS to a SATA disk you must install the SATA drivers when prompted. I have heard that if you are simply using the drive as a storage disk and not booting to it, that under WinXP installing the SATA drivers isn't necessary. It would appear that you could possibly benifit from installing the SATA drivers now, as you evidently have tried everything else you could think of. I look at this SATA issue like USB was back with Win95. It is a new interface and all the bugs haven't been worked out yet. Idon't know if this reply will be of any help to you. I might add that my son has a friend who is very knowledgable with computer hardware and software. This friend told me he built a nForce 3 based system recently with a SATA disk as the only disk in the system and he insists that he did not install any SATA drivers. He also purchased an OEM version of WinXP. I would assume that this version probably included service pack 2. He swears that the system is working great.

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#2
January 12, 2005 at 08:04:09

Did Seagate provide any utilities?

M2


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#3
January 13, 2005 at 04:42:57

Hi and thanks for the responces.

I ran the seagate diagnostics programs last night, while performing the extended disk test it was aborted after approx 10 mins giving an error that the host had reset?

does that mean anything to anyone? ive also emailed Seagate support to see what they can tell me about the error.

P4 3gig 800mhz FSB
1Gig Matched XMS
G-Force FX5900
DFI Infinity 865 Motherboard


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#4
January 21, 2005 at 00:34:49

Seagate say the error is nothing to do with the drive and that i should contact the motherboard manufacturer :/
I sent a mail to DFI but no reply as yet.

Im on XP SP2 and have no problem installing the drive or getting the drive to partition, its only when i format that the real problems start.

BTW i have noticed a major slow down (30seconds) at POST test while detecting the HDs, sure this cannot be a driver issue as no drivers have been loaded at this stage.

P4 3gig 800mhz FSB
1Gig Matched XMS
G-Force FX5900
DFI Infinity 865 Motherboard


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